Senior Agricultural Chemist (SOG/ST 7)

Organisation
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
Reference
VAC-31125
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
Location
Kingston
Salary
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
14/03/2019
Expiry Date
03/04/2019
Applications are invited from suitably candidates to fill the post of Senior Agricultural Chemist (SOG/ST 7) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).

Job Purpose

Under the general direction of the Technical Manager, Soils Health, Plant Tissue and Water Laboratory, the Senior Agricultural Chemist exercises responsibility for the development, maintenance and updating of systems and procedures in the laboratory. There is the requirement to determine the appropriate tests to be applied, monitor samples, interpret the results of laboratory analyses and make recommendations on crop suitability, fertilizer use and recommending corrective measures for soil problems.

The incumbent is required to undertake complex research on soil, plant, tissue and water samples and provide technical reports on findings which will impact soil health and strengthen productivity in the Agricultural Sector

 

Key Responsibilities

Management/Administrative:

  • Deputizes for the Head of Laboratory in his/her absence;
  • Prepares work schedules for laboratory and monitors the work and activities of the Laboratory;
  • Monitors analytical determinations to ensure corrective procedures and proper recording and storage of analytical results are followed;
  • Provides information or results on laboratory analysis to clients;
  • Advises the relevant Agencies (NEPA, NLA, NHT) of the suitability of lands for agricultural purpose or other cases;
  • Represents the Division at meetings, seminars and conferences, locally and internationally;
  • Develops strategies for demand surveys and proposes new services based on findings.

 

Technical/Professional:

  • Registers samples taken into the laboratory and reviews field reports;
  • Instructs Technicians and Laboratory Attendants in work procedures;
  • Determines appropriate test to be applied on sample;
  • Conducts scientific tests on soil, plant tissue and water samples;
  • Monitors tests to ensure work conforms with directives;
  • Performs quality control checks to ensure accuracy of results;
  • Analyzes and interprets laboratory analysis and makes recommendation on crop suitability and fertilizer use;
  • Visits field to collect samples (soil, plant and water);
  • Organizes research on analytical data and gives professional opinion and interpretation of results;
  • Prepares data summaries, reports and analyses that include results, charts and graphs in order to document research findings and results;
  • Writes land capability and other special reports based on laboratory analyses;
  • Develops, implements and updates quality control and safety systems and procedures;
  • Plays a critical role in the maintenance of Quality Assurance Standards in keeping with ISO/IEC 17025 standards;
  • Develops training and promotional data and participates in training and presentations on the Division and its products and services.

 

Human Resource:

  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of Directs Reports, prepares Performance Appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action, where necessary, to improve performance and/or attain established personal and/or organizational goals;
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Division/Unit and recommends transfer, promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Direct Reports through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of staff in the Division/Unit are clearly identified and addressed;
  • Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to Division’s and organization’s goals.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

Core:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong customer and quality focus
  • Methodical
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Good planning and organizing skills
  • Ability to work in a team

 

Technical:

  • Sound knowledge of laboratory procedures and methodology
  • Sound knowledge of soil chemistry
  • Proficient in the use of relevant computer applications
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the operations in Government/Ministry’s policies and procedures

 

Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences or Agriculture with additional specialized training in Soil Science and Laboratory procedures;
  • Three (3) years’ related experience in related discipline.

 

Special Condition Associated with the Job

  • Extensive travelling on steep terrains and remote areas.

 

Salary range $1,857,817 - $2,208,360 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post

 

Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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